Share this entry
filature Line breaks: fila|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪlətʃə/

Definition of filature in English:


1A place where silk is obtained from silkworm cocoons.
Example sentences
  • Lynda Bell's meticulous study looks at the peasant families which carried out the earliest stages of silk production, the rearing of the cocoons and the preparation of the silk filament in filatures.
  • Nearly every peasant household in the area engaged in cocoon production for the urban-based silk filatures.
  • In my work as factory inspector, one of the most miserable experiences was to see the incredible torture of the young children working on the then existing system in silk filatures.
1.1 [mass noun] The process of obtaining silk from the cocoons of silkworms.
Example sentences
  • Her detailed, painstaking research examines every aspect of the cocoon-producing and filature business.


Mid 18th century: from French, from Italian filatura, from filare 'to spin'.

Words that rhyme with filature

prelature • nomenclature
Definition of filature in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources